Have you ever wondered what gave that irresistible glow to some people’s skin? Read on, and we’ll let you in on a secret that will make you look as good as you feel.
The most popular way to get that aura we mentioned is to have sex. But, if you don’t expect to get laid, don’t worry — there is another way you can look like Dr. Manhattan. No fancy products needed. So, what do you have to do? No, you do not have to wear makeup. We are talking about regular exercise.
While working out is good and fun because it can reduce stress, it can cause some skin conditions too. They’re all easily manageable, though you should try to avoid them as much as you can. I’m sure we don’t need to tell you that showering after working out is essential. We’re just here to remind you, you know.
Why Do We Get Post-Workout Glow?
Most of us have heard of post-sex glow, but how many of us knew that you could achieve that same glow with a workout? Honestly, we didn’t know post-workout glow was a thing until recently when we started working out. Now we’re radiating confidence all the time!
We have all had those moments, after lifting heavy and feeling tired (but also amazing), when we caught ourselves looking in the mirror and thinking, “Damn, I look good.” That’s not just because we did something healthy but because we are pumped with blood and all those good endorphins flowing through our brain.
Working out causes your heart to pump blood faster, making it circulate throughout the whole body at higher rates. It pushes and pulls the nutrients and oxygen that our organs need.
One of the major organs affected by this is skin, which makes it more shiny and tight. That’s not just sweat — that is also our post-workout glow.
Sex benefits us in more ways than just giving us the after-sex glow. It helps us be more intimate with our partners and satisfy our needs. We all know that happy feeling we get after some fun time in the bedroom. Everything just feels right.
That’s what causes post-coital glow, to be precise. That glow is just as much as emotional as it’s chemical. And the feeling can last for up to two days as our brains release dopamine and oxytocin for a long time.
Dopamine is our happy chemical, but oxytocin is not just any hormone — it’s a so-called “love hormone.” It makes you love more and feel loved.
What Side Effects Does Working Out Have on Our Skin and Scalp?
We all know how exercising makes us feel good and helps us fix some health problems. But it also sometimes has some unwanted effects on our bodies. One of the common concerns is acne and pimples. It is normal and nothing to worry about, but it can be quite an inconvenience, especially if you’re the type of person who hates those pesky little things.
Another one of the problems that can arise due to exercising is eczema. It’s essential to shower after a workout, especially if you are sweating like it’s your hobby. Sweating during exercise is normal and healthy, but it can make our skin condition worse if we don’t take proper care of it.
The other inconvenient problem that no one ever thinks about is dry scalp. It really gets annoying when we perspire, and our head starts getting itchy. We’ve all been there. There is not much we can do about it, except not to skip washing our hair when taking a shower. What skipping causes is dandruff.
Rosacea is another issue that can appear for some of us. It occurs when the blood flow to the skin increases and causes us to overheat, which can lead to skin redness and swelling. Sunburns are a problem of the same nature, so being careful while exercising outdoors is important too. Simple sunblock lotion should be enough, so these problems really can’t be an excuse for you not to work out.
How to Maintain Healthy Skin If You Are Working Out
We’ve already covered this, but it’s important to note that taking a shower after every workout is an essential post-workout skincare routine. A cool shower is good for relaxing your skin as well. Just as muscles need it, so does the skin. Although showering is essential, it can dry out our skin, so having some moisturizing cream closeby is always a good idea.
Also, since we are going to the gym and exercising as if our lives depended on, we could say that sweating literally is our hobby. And for that, you might consider bringing a towel or two. One of its uses is keeping other people’s sweat from our skin. Our own oils and dirt are bad enough, so having a towel and placing it on gym equipment should become a habit. We all have been there to witness how gross other people’s sweat and germs are, right?
While we are on the subject of germs, washing hands and keeping them away from our faces is not a bad idea. Since getting pimples is as easy as breathing, getting additional bacteria, dirt, dead skin cells, and god knows what from gym equipment is not difficult either. It’s yet another thing we don’t want to have to worry about.
Skincare is not all about keeping it nice and clean. Being hydrated and having a proper diet is also vital. Keeping a bottle of water nearby, particularly now that summer has come, should be on our top 10 list of important things to do to have healthier skin.
So there are two kinds of glow that both make you feel and look incredible. Both come from physical activity, so having to exercise should be less of a chore now that we know it has more positive effects on our bodies and mental health.
However, you should be wary of possible skin problems that come with not taking proper care of yourself afterward. Those conditions are not too serious, though. In fact, they are easily manageable. All you have to do is shower regularly and avoid other people’s germs. That’s not so difficult, right?
If you ever feel insecure or need a pick-me-up, all you have to do is go to the gym for an hour or two a few times a week. It will give you the confidence boost you need.